EVENTSTYLE founder Mark Addison capped off the 2012-summer season in the Hamptons co-hosting an exclusive luncheon alongside renowned artist Robert Dash and Director of the Conservancy Alejandro Saralegui surrounded by the natural landscape of the magnificent Madoo garden. The private luncheon was meant to introduce new patrons to the gardens, garner support for the foundation, as well as spark excitement for Madoo’s upcoming 20th anniversary of being a public garden. Mark fell in love with the two-acre Sagaponack garden when producing the Garden’s Fundraising Event earlier this season and was more than happy to donate his design & entertaining expertise for the cause. The gardens produced abundant inspiration influencing everything from the cocktails, menu, décor, to the afternoon tea selection. Many local vendors were also incorporated into the afternoon showcasing the Hampton’s local grown food and seafood.
The event kicked off with a tour of the gardens, leading guests on meandering paths through a series of strikingly different garden landscapes, all colorful, creative, and unconventional. While strolling, guests could sip on a watermelon basil fizz cocktail, a Mark Addison creation that even used fresh herbs straight from the garden. At strategic points in the tour waiters were stationed with delicious appetizers highlighting local ingredients.
Lunch was served in Robert’s summer house painting studio, which was transformed with a king’s table (thank you PartyRental LTD) and adorned with custom garden themed table runners and napkins designed by local artist Joy Newton. Following the first course of creative tastes and a salad of fresh peaches, the main attraction was a gorgeous halibut entrée, courtesy of Stuart’s Market, which was seasoned with ingredients from the surrounding gardens. Kitchen kudos goes to the talented RaptAffairs and Andrew Maturana. Even Martha Stewart, a personal guest of Mark, was caught snapping photos of each dish and the lovely table décor (major kudos) – she was especially excited over the innovative “mushed” potatoes!
The event was featured in a WSJ article Summer’s Last Stand reflecting on the some of the 2012 season’s last events – to see the full article please click here.
FOOTNOTE: On May 17th Madoo opens for the 2013 season and The ES Team will be there to produce the anticipated Much Adoo About Madoo Cocktail Party on June 14th. The grounds are also available for private events – just don’t forget to call in the experts aka The ES Team. To learn more about Madoo, the Foundation, & Madoo Creator Robert Dash please click here.